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Competition looks to match engineers with growers to improve farm labour

A competition has been launched to match engineers with growers to develop new technology to improve the sector's labour efficiencies. The winning ...


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7 March 2019 | Crops and Cereals,Government,News
Farms now able to employ 2,500 non-EU migrant workers under new pilot

Farmers are now able to employ up to 2,500 non-EU migrant workers for work under the newly opened seasonal workers pilot. The pilot, announced by H...


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6 March 2019 | Finance,News
Farmers told to beware of HMRC phone scams

Farmers have been told to beware of potential phone scams, following a spate of incidents in which tricksters pretend to be calling from HMRC. Ther...


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6 March 2019 | Appointments,Government,News
Robert Goodwill appointed new Defra farming minister

Robert Goodwill has been appointed the new farming minister at Defra following George Eustice's resignation. Mr Goodwill was formerly an education ...


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6 March 2019 | Dairy,Finance,News
First Milk announces April milk price increase

First Milk has announced that its standard litre milk price will increase by 0.25p per litre from April 1 2019 to 27.75ppl. This equates to 28.68pp...


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6 March 2019 | Animal Health,News,Sheep
Welsh hill farmers urged to take part in Hill Ram Scheme

The expression of interest window to take part in the Hill Ram Scheme is now open for Welsh hill farmers. Farmers who are interested have until 31 ...


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6 March 2019 | Agri Safety and Rural Crime,News,Sheep
Out-of-control dog kills 18 sheep in Wales

An out-of-control dog has killed eighteen ewes and lambs with a number of others injured, police have confirmed. The photos show the distressing ou...


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6 March 2019 | Crops and Cereals,News
Growers urged to look out for potential new crop virus

British growers are being urged to look out for symptoms of a potential new virus that could be devastating to crops of tomatoes and peppers. First...


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6 March 2019 | Animal Health,News,Sheep
Likely U-turn on promised changes to carcass splitting rules

Defra’s announcement that a fixed cut-off date for carcase splitting will no longer be implemented in time for the 2019 season has been criticised as ...


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6 March 2019 | Government,News,Sheep
Defra have no Brexit impact assessment for sheep farming

The government has not conducted any analysis of the potential impact of leaving the EU on British sheep farming, it has been revealed. Defra has a...


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6 March 2019 | Agri Safety and Rural Crime,News,Pigs
Farmer left 'frightened and intimidated' following mass vegan protest

A farmer has been left 'frightened' and 'intimidated' after around two hundred vegan activists protested at her pig farm. Campaigners from Meat the...


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6 March 2019 | News
Murder probe launched as farmer dies after being hit by Land Rover

A farmer has died after he was hit by a Land Rover following an altercation in a supermarket car park, it has been claimed. Christopher Gadd, 48, h...


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6 March 2019 | Crops and Cereals,Diversification,News
Scottish farming family open vodka visitor experience centre

A Scottish farming family who turn misshapen potatoes into vodka have opened a tasting room and visitor experience on their farm. The project was d...


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5 March 2019 | Dairy,Finance,News
Green light given for Lakeland and LacPatrick dairy coop merger

The green light has been given by the governments of the UK and Ireland for dairy cooperatives Lakeland and LacPatrick to merge. Lakeland Dairies a...


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5 March 2019 | Dairy,News,Produce
Transport for London bans advert featuring bacon and butter

An advert containing bacon, butter and eggs due to run on the London Underground was rejected because it was deemed too unhealthy. The advert, by f...



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5 March 2019 | News,Shows and Events
All Britain All Breeds Calf Show returns to Peterborough for 2019

The East of England Showground will see the return of this year’s All Breeds All Britain (ABAB) Calf Show, held on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th Octob...


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5 March 2019 | Animal Health,Meat,News,Poultry,Supermarkets
Waitrose commits to improving broiler welfare

Waitrose is the latest UK retailer to commit to a significant improvement in broiler chicken welfare across its entire supply. The supermarket join...


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Men arrested on suspicion of stealing tractors worth over £100k

Four arrests have been made in early morning raids across Leicestershire and Warwickshire in connection with a number of tractors stolen earlier this ...


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5 March 2019 | News,Property News,Rural Life
Five Cambridgeshire county farms need new tenants

Five county farms are looking for new tenants as part of the Cambridgeshire County Council’s re-letting programme. More than 995 acres of the counc...


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5 March 2019 | Agri Safety and Rural Crime,News,Pigs
Pig industry seeks legal action after mass protest at Lincs farm

The National Pig Association is liaising with the police and seeking legal advice after 200 vegan activists stormed a Lincolnshire pig farm. Campai...


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5 March 2019 | Agri Safety and Rural Crime,News,Sheep
Three lambs bought for primary school 'skinned and slaughtered'

Three lambs bought for a local primary school have been discovered 'skinned and slaughtered' in a field opposite a farm. Three four-week-old lambs ...


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5 March 2019 | Dairy,News
Lancashire dairy completes £3.5m investment to increase milk processing

A Lancashire-based dairy company has completed its £3.5m investment in a new plant which will increase the amount of milk it processes by 100%. The...


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5 March 2019 | News,Rural Life
'Borrow Bread and Purgatory': Book unearths meaning behind British field names

Borrow Bread, Dear Bought and Purgatory are just some of the dark names given to fields across history by angry farmers frustrated with poor crops. ...


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5 March 2019 | Animal Health,News,Sheep
Spike in temperature puts lambs at risk of deadly disease

The sudden increase in temperatures in February has put earlier-born lambs at risk from a potentially deadly disease affecting the sheep sector. A ...


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5 March 2019 | Government,News,Poultry
British egg industry demands protection from cheaper imports

Egg industry leaders have demanded that British farming standards must be maintained despite growing pressure from US trade negotiators. United Sta...


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4 March 2019 | Finance,News
Funding of £240k for Welsh farmers affected by hot 2018 summer

A charity is working with the Welsh government to provide one-off discretionary grants to Welsh farmers suffering hardship following the 2018 summer d...


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4 March 2019 | News,Rural Life
NI farmers encouraged to apply to Business Development scheme

Applications to Northern Ireland's Business Development Groups (BDG) scheme must be submitted by tomorrow and farmers are encouraged to act fast. B...



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